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Alison Willing received her doctoral degree from University of Calgary in Canada in medical physiology and behavioral neuroscience in 1993. After a brief stint at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University, she joined the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair, Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair at the University of South Florida in 1996. Doctor Willing's research focuses on brain injury and neurodegeneration.  Recently, her research has focused on the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a complementary medicine treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress.

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Matt Davidson was a computer operator in the US Air Force before transitioning to the defense contracting industry. 


Having always wanted to learn martial arts, he one day stumbled into Zingano Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Colorado and fell in love with everything BJJ provided.  

After moving to the Chicago area and conversations with Veteran friends who were in need of support, he was able to talk them into staring BJJ based off of the positive impacts it had on himself.  Shortly after those conversations he started the RWF to help others in need.

Matt is a purple belt who has been training since May 2011, loves BJJ, his family, and helping others.  He is the Founder and serves as the RWF Board President.

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Brent Magnussen is a best selling American author, professional speaker, and a former U.S Army Combat Engineer. In 2020 Brent released his much-anticipated book, ROGER UP.

Brent is an avid practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, an accomplished cook, a voracious reader, and a Freemason. In his spare time, he enjoys rucking, hot yoga, traveling, hunting, fishing, learning languages, and enjoying different cultures and their food. 


Brent acts as the point man for RWF talking with Veterans and the potential BJJ academy of their choice. Having a passion for the Veteran community, First Responders, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Brent is a vital member of the RWF board.

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Cassandra O’Connor is a board member of the Resilient Warrior Foundation.  She has worked in the nonprofit sector and as a public school teacher.  She is currently a pandemic stay-at-home mom.   She studies BJJ for self-defense purposes.


Ann Hendricks is a licensed CPA in the State of Indiana.  She has over 10 years' experience in "Big 4" public accounting firms, over 2 years' experience in the financial industry, and over 6 years' experience in the manufacturing industry.

Ann began studying BJJ in June 2019 after an incident that brought home the importance of being able to defend yourself.  After the first class, Ann was hooked on the sport, not only for the self defense provided, but also due to the warm and welcoming community. 


Ann is the Treasurer for Resilient Warrior Foundation.

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